The 1 proposal pleased the entire group, so 2 they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, with 3 Philip, 4 Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a Gentile convert to Judaism 5 from Antioch. 6
and rescued him from all his troubles, and granted him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made 1 him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
But the man who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin. 1
We are not trying to commend 1 ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, 2 so that you may be able to answer those who take pride 3 in outward appearance 4 and not in what is in the heart.
And we all agree, 1 our religion contains amazing revelation: 2 He 3 was revealed in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, 4 seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God.
For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God. 1
Then Joab bowed down with his face toward the ground and thanked 1 the king. Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, because the king has granted the request of your 2 servant!”
I am taking the kingdom from him 1 because they have 2 abandoned me and worshiped the Sidonian goddess Astarte, the Moabite god Chemosh, and the Ammonite god Milcom. They have not followed my instructions 3 by doing what I approve and obeying my rules and regulations, like Solomon’s father David did. 4
You must obey 1 all I command you to do, follow my instructions, 2 do what I approve, 3 and keep my rules and commandments, like my servant David did. Then I will be with you and establish for you a lasting dynasty, as I did for David; 4 I will give you Israel.
I tore the kingdom away from the Davidic dynasty and gave it to you. But you are not like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me wholeheartedly by doing only what I approve. 1
Muster an army like the one you lost, with the same number of horses and chariots. 1 Then we will fight them in the plains; we will certainly overpower them.” He approved their plan and did as they advised. 2
He followed in his father Asa’s footsteps and was careful to do what the Lord approved. 1 (22:44) 2 However, the high places were not eliminated; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense on the high places.
When it became the turn of Esther daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai (who had raised her as if she were his own daughter 1 ) to go to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who was overseer of the women, had recommended. Yet Esther met with the approval of all who saw her.
You are too just 1 to tolerate 2 evil; you are unable to condone 3 wrongdoing. So why do you put up with such treacherous people? 4 Why do you say nothing when the wicked devour 5 those more righteous than they are? 6
For when you offer blind animals as a sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer the lame and sick, 1 is that not wrong as well? Indeed, try offering them 2 to your governor! Will he be pleased with you 3 or show you favor?” asks the Lord who rules over all.
But we have rejected 1 shameful hidden deeds, 2 not behaving 3 with deceptiveness 4 or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God.